Blood Drives

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, AmeriSuites Hotel, 21481 Ridgetop Cir., Sterling; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Food Lion, 720 S. King St., Leesburg. 703-777-7171.

INOVA BLOOD DONOR CENTER, noon-8 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 45745 Nokes Blvd., Sterling. Walk-ins welcome. 866-256-6372 or

INOVA LOUDOUN HOSPITAL/INOVA BLOOD DONOR SERVICES, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, Inova Loudoun Hospital at Lansdowne, Conference Rooms A and B, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. 866-256-6372.

First Aid

CPR AND FIRST-AID RECERTIFICATION, by appointment, Red Cross office, 53 S. Third St., Warrenton. Cost varies depending on recertification needed. 540-349-2516.

ADULT, INFANT AND CHILD CPR AND FIRST AID, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. first Saturdays, Red Cross office, 53 S. Third St., Warrenton. Registration required. $55. 540-349-2516.


HEARING LOSS OUTREACH, free information and referral services. Walk-ins, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. third Thursdays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Thursdays, Loudoun County Department of Social Services, 102 Heritage Way, Leesburg. For one-on-one appointments, call 703-444-0101 or 703-430-2906 (TDD). For hearing loss, tinnitus or Meniere's disease support, 2 p.m. first Fridays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. For all ages, including parents of children with hearing loss. 703-444-0101. The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Department of the Disability Resource Center provides helpful technology for hearing loss, Technology Assistance Program loans, referrals to other agencies and presentations to businesses, civic groups and schools, 2-5 p.m. third Thursdays, the Workplace, 205 Keith St., Warrenton. Free; call for appointment. 800-648-6324 or 540-373-5890 (TDD).

LOUDOUN ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS, support for parents, families and professionals who work with hearing-impaired children in Loudoun County. For information on membership, educational and social events, links to useful Web sites, contact information and recommended reading, call 703-327-5904 or visit

Mental Health

DEPRESSION/MANIC DEPRESSION SUPPORT, 7:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays in Warrenton; 7:30-9 p.m. second Thursdays in The Plains. Free. For location, call 540-347-3792; depression and manic depression support group, 7-9 p.m. first and third Tuesdays in Reston. Free. 703-431-0045.

LOUDOUN CSB COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, provides information about mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse for county residents. Lending library and help with computer research available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 906 Trailview Blvd., Site C, Leesburg. Drop-ins welcome if coordinator is available. Free. For appointment, 703-737-8977.

LOUDOUN CHAPTER ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL, 7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Friendship House, 16480 Meadowview Ct., Leesburg. Free. 703-444-5326.

RECOVERY INC., provides support for people suffering from anxiety, fear, depression, panic and other emotional problems, 8 p.m. Fridays, 16480 Meadowview Ct., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1708.


BABYSITTER TRAINING, ages 12-16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 24 Fauquier Hospital Tower, Chestnut Room, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks and cookies provided. Register. $25. 540-349-0588.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, noon-2 p.m. Sept. 14, Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr., Warrenton. Free. 540-349-0588.

ECHO-LARC SATURDAY LEISURE PROGRAM, ages 13 and older with disabilities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Aurora School, in the Child Development Center, 205 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. Activities include arts and crafts, board games, cooking, videos, music, special events and guest speakers. Supervised, trained staff. Limited transportation available from Northern Virginia Community College and Douglass Community Center for $3 each way. $20 a session. Call for registration forms and details. 703-777-1939.

MARY'S FAMILY, respite care program for families with special-needs children, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. second Saturdays at locations throughout the Piedmont. Program includes pediatric nurse, one volunteer per child and appropriate activities. 4-H club meets each month. Locations and reservations, 540-364-4757 or

NORTHERN VIRGINIA LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN, investigates and resolves complaints made by or for residents of long-term care facilities. 703-324-5861.

ROAD TO RECOVERY, for cancer patients in need of transportation to treatments. Free. 703-938-5550.

WARRENTON LIONS CLUB EYEGLASS RECYCLING PROGRAM, donate unneeded eyeglasses to help others. Drop-off locations in Warrenton are: Warrenton Professional Center, 493 Blackwell Rd.; Wal-Mart Vision Center, 8728 James Madison Hwy.; Lindsey's Vision Center, 71 W. Shirley Ave. 540-347-3164 or 540-341-1006.


And Parenting

BIRTHRIGHT OF LOUDOUN COUNTY INC., free pregnancy tests, clothes, baby clothing, transportation and support throughout pregnancy, 18 Loudoun St. SE, Leesburg. 703-777-7272.

BREAST-FEEDING CLASSES, noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Inova Loudoun Hospital Birthing Inn, 44045 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Classes are facilitated by a lactation consultant. Registration is not required. Free. 703-858-6000 or

FAMILIES IN TRANSITION SUPPORT, "For the Children's Sake," for Loudoun and Fauquier parents separating or divorcing, to help develop co-parenting skills. Four-hour session weekly. 703-391-8599 or

FIT MOMS, LLC, workout and social, 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Trailside Park, 20375 Claiborne Pkwy., Ashburn. Free. 703-723-0038 or

LA LECHE LEAGUE, mother-to-mother support and breast-feeding information, 10 a.m. second Wednesdays in Warrenton, 540-351-6103; 10:30 a.m. third Fridays, Marshall Community Center, Marshall, 540-364-3991; 10:15 a.m.-noon third Fridays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, Sterling. 703-689-0811.

LIFE LINE, pregnancy care center offering free testing, practical care and counseling in a confidential setting. 703-771-3030.

MOTHERNET/HEALTHY FAMILIES LOUDOUN, program links first-time parents with medical, social and educational resources needed to give children a healthy start in life, physically and socially. Family-support workers meet with participants in homes. English-Spanish translation provided. 703-444-4477, Ext. 217, or

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS, Ashburn, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Fridays, Capital Community Church, 20430 Ashburn Village Blvd., child care provided, 703-723-9290; Bealeton, 10 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Liberty Assembly of God Church, 11775 Morgansburg Rd., improve parenting skills, make friends, and discover hobbies and games, 540-439-0500 or; Leesburg, 9-11 a.m. first and third Fridays, Leesburg Baptist Church, 835 Lee Ave., crafts, speakers, discussion, child care provided, 703-669-9163; Leesburg, 9:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Leesburg Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxbury Rd., discussions, crafts and child care for infants to age 5, 703-858-1906. Another group meets at Ashburn United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr., 703-729-5100, Ext. 48.

NEW MOTHERS SUPPORT, 10-11:30 a.m. fourth Thursdays, Ashburn United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr. Sponsored by Reston Hospital Center. 703-689-9240.

NEW MOTHERS AND BABIES SUPPORT, MotherNet/Healthy Families Loudoun provides free in-home mentoring and health education to first-time mothers, especially those facing teenage or single parenthood, poverty, substance abuse, family violence and unemployment. 703-444-4477.

PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTHING RESOURCE, Childbirth Solutions Resource Center, 8393 W. Main St., Marshall. Education and support for women interested in learning about birthing options. 571-344-0438.


LIFELINE, 24-hour personal response service for seniors. Call Inova Loudoun Hospital for information. 703-858-8094.

MEDICARE-APPROVED DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS, speakers available to explain the benefits of the new cards, who needs them and how to choose the best card for your needs. Free. Groups or clubs. 703-777-0257.

Support Groups

AL-ANON SERVICE CENTER OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, volunteer on duty 24 hours with information for spouses, relatives and friends of problem drinkers. 703-764-0476. Meetings 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Inova Loudoun Hospital's Cornwall campus, 224 Cornwall St., Leesburg. 703-764-0476; 8 p.m. Mondays, noon Thursdays, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 125 W. Washington St., Middleburg. 540-554-2747; 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Grace Episcopal Church, 6507 Main St., The Plains. 800-344-2666; noon Tuesdays, Warrenton Church of Christ, Route 29 North; and 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Warrenton Presbyterian Church, Main Street. 800-344-2666.

AL-ATEEN, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Warrenton Baptist Church, 123 W. Main St. Free. 800-344-2666.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, many meeting times and locations in Loudoun. 800-208-8649 or

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT, 9-10:30 a.m. first Thursdays, Sunrise of Leesburg, 246 W. Market St. Free. 703-777-1971. For schedules and locations of groups, call Alzheimer's Association, 866-259-0042.

GRIEF SUPPORT, sponsored by Hospice Support of Fauquier County, drop-ins welcome, individual counseling available, open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, 7-8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays, Hospice Support Office, 42 N. 5th St., Warrenton. 540-347-5922.

MEDITATION GROUP, 6:30-8 p.m. last Tuesdays, Inova Loudoun Hospital Radiation Oncology Center, 44035 Riverside Pkwy., Leesburg. Support group for patients, families and friends touched by cancer. Learn about and practice meditation. Free. 703-858-8850.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT, 2-4 p.m. last Sundays. Call for location. 703-771-4256; fourth Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., alternating months between Fauquier Hospital and Culpeper Memorial Hospital. Free. 540-937-3808.

Weight Loss

CHOICES WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT, 7 p.m. Mondays, Loudoun Valley Community Center, Purcellville. $5 to join; $2 monthly. First meeting free. 540-338-4854.

NORTHERN DISTRICT VIRGINIA DIETETIC ASSOCIATION, speakers bureau of registered dietitians and diet technicians who speak on topics including weight management, vegetarian diets, quick and healthful meals, planning and preparation, sports nutrition, understanding food labels, nutrition for seniors and special diet needs for heart disease patients and diabetics. Available to schools and civic and business groups in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties. 703-758-4411.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY, weight loss support group, 5-6 p.m. weigh-in, 6-7 p.m. meeting, Tuesdays, Midland Church of the Brethren. $25 a year. 540-439-3739. TOPS support group meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, SunTrust Bank, Routes 29 and 17, Warrenton. $20 a year. 540-439-3671.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SUPPORT, group forming in Loudoun. For information, 703-788-3193 or

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

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